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December 12, 1968

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Pe.Sixj Monttor Monroe Wash., Dec. 12, 1968 Monroe Netmen Begin Season With Fastbreak The Monroe Bearcats proved themselves to be cat-fast on the fast-break, but not enough bear- like on rebounding in their first game of the season last week. Nevertheless, they beat Langley and King&apos;s Garden in their two eight-minute periods of play at the December 3 Jamboree which opened both the season and the new Monroe High School gym. The bearcats were ahead all the way in both games, getting off to a quick start against Langley with three quick buckets via the fast- break, the major strength of the team, according to coach Rod Wad- dell. "And we did a good Job on de- fense against Gregg Hermann, Lang- ley's top scorer," Waddell noted. Bearcat center Denny Kaptein held Hermann to one point in the game. "The King's Garden game was a iwOOd ball game," Waddell said; see-sawed back and forth and then happened to get two free-throws right at the very end and we won it." Tim Court, who shot the de- ciding foul shots, brought the final score to 12-10. Looking over the other teams in the league, Waddell saw Tolt and King's Garden to be "real tough" this year. The philosophy behind the unusual set-up of the Jamboree is to give every youth a chance to play. But Waddell noted that it is also a good testing ground for the teams before they launch into of- ficial league play. Waddell said the main surprise of the game for him was uncover- tn the fast-break talen of Leroy Schwartz who scored five points against Langley. Monroe (14)--Blair 1, Malean 2, Gibson 2, Kaptein 1, George 2, Bonga 1, Schwartz 5. : Langley (6)--McClees 1, Green 1, Lehmann 1, Hegginess 2, Her- mann 1. Monroe (12) --M alean 4, Gibson 2, Kaptetn 2, Bonga 2, Court 2. King's Garden (12)--Lewis 2, Koser 5, Harrison 3, Lewis 2. The 1968-69 version of the Mon- roe High School basketball squad may not be much to look at, but they proved they could run and shoot against much larger oppon- ents by picking up two early sea- son victories. Last Friday night, the Bearcats hosted the Mt. Baker Mountaineers tn the Cats' first official home game, in their new gym. A big turnout saw the Bearcats christen the facility with a 63-44 triumph, in a game that was much closer than the score indicates. Behind 18-15 at the end of theftrst quarter, Monroe's offense took hold in the second quarter and the Cats ended the half with a leading score of 30-24. A blazing fast break began clicking in the 3rd quarter and went right into the 4th stanza as Monroe outscored the visitors 20-11. Hot shooting from the field yielded a 54 per cent accuracy mark, com- ared to Baker's cold 22 per cent eld goal percentage. Denny Kap- teln lead all scorers with 21 points. He was aided by Steve Malean's 13 counters. Rounding out the scor- ing: Jim Blair, 9; Tom Gibson 9; Dale Arrtngton, 8; Norm Michel, 2; and Dave Bonga 1; for a final 63-44 win. The following night, Monroe packed up for the long ride to Mer- idian for a game that proved a real test for the small Bearcats. Monroe seemed to have too much breath for the Whatcom County team as the Cats running style tired the Trojans' big men. A slim 32-28 half-time lead proved shakey to the Bearcats, and it wasn't until the last of the 3rd quarter when Mer- tdian's 6' 4", Ron Fleming, 200 lb. forward, and Dave Crntch, 6' 3", 220 lb. center got into foul trouble that Monroe really began moving. Controlling both back- boards, the Cats were able to strike much quicker, opening a margitl of simply outclassed Meridians cool 15 points and one point. 28 per cent. Out rebounded 47-40, Meridian's The 60-49 win was the second of late rally was staved off by Monroe the year for Coach Rod Waddell's in their own effort to get the ball varsity crew. and hold it. Shooting a cooler 44 Box scores for the Mertdiangame per cent from the field, Monroe shows a very balanced attack with LEROY SCHWARTZ, exhibiting talent as a fast-break power for the Monroe basketball team, drives past two Langley players for a lay-up at the Cascade League Jamboree held December 3 in the new Monroe High School Gym. Monroe downed Langley 14-6 in the first of its two eight-minute quarters of play, and later went on to beat King's Garden 12-10. Winter Concert Set By School Musicians The winter Concert of the Monroe schools music department will be next Tuesday, December 17, in the new high school gym. The 6th grade band-has 50 musicians. The Junior high choir is singing under their new director, Mr. Weddell. The junior band has prepared "Frosty, The Snowman", and a display piece for drum and trumpets. "American Polka" is also on the program. The high school choir will sing songs from "My Fair Lady" and "One God", and their performance of "Twas the Night Before Christ- mas" is the Fred Waring arrangement. The newly-formed honor choir and the Treblettes girls group will also perform. High school Band will perform with almost 50 members. Their repertoire includes music from the 19th and 20th century. The concert will involve over 200 students. The performance is free. Services Held For Resident Funeral services for Bertha Durand, 78, wh( died November 30 in Ev- erett nursing home, were held last Tuesday in Bellingham. A member of St. Mary's Church inMon- Jack Frommer roe, Mrs. Durand re- sided here for the past COLLINS Chevrolet 14 years. Inc. of Monroe has jus; She leaves a brother, Ernest Hanratty, cf announced an addition Canada, a son, Charles to its sales staff. Jack Durand of Kent, tw Frommer, of Duvall, daughters, Mrs. Art Kreuger, of Kent, and joined the Collins or- Mrs. Einer Tompton, of ganization as a sales Bellingham, and several grandchildren and representative about a great-grandchildren, week ago Prior to that, Frommer owned a hardware business in Duvall for 19 years. Principal And Counsellor Tom Gibson getting 12; Denny Kap- tein 11; Dale Arrington 10; Jim Will Interview Graduates Blair 9; Dave Bonga 7; Steve Mal- earl 6; Norm Michel 3; and Miles The Monroe Board of Education approved Millbach 2. unanimously a motion by Director William Boyden The Bearcats meet Lynden, the for high school prtnctpal Gene Maxim and counsel_ defending state champions, this lor Robert Blomster to visit Eastern Washington Tuesday, followed by a game with State Colie, Washington State University and Nooksack, there. Saturciay the other istitizti0nS of higher learning where Mon- Cats play Meridian here. roe graduates are in attendance. "It has been our practice for several years to Monroe's freshman basketball interview former Monroe students attending col- team opened its 1968-69 basketball leges and universities," Maxim said. We are season last Thrusday evening with a responsible to those students who go on to college home court 40-36 victory over the to help them with any problems they are having a brand new st Warriors. Monroe broke in adjusting to campus life. In addition, we into a 13-5 first quarter lead and are responsible to those students still in high managed to withstand twoSultan ral- school to determine how well we are preparing lies to earn the win. them for college careers." s la t life " ' . . . . . . . . . ' . ' . ' . . . . . . . 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